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Dubai unveils novel ambulances
BY AMIN AL JAMMAL March 22, 2016
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DUBAI: The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services has unveiled three new ambulatory vehicles which are the first of their kind in the Middle East.

This took place at the Dubai International Ambulance Conference (DIAC) which kicked off on March 21-23 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Khalifa Bin Darry, the corporation’s executive director announced in a press conference on Monday that the first car is amphibian-esque (it operates in water and on land).

The car will handle cases of drowning. It will be used to provide first aid to the injured, before they are taken to an ambulance for transfer to a hospital.

He explained that the car will be operating in Kite Beach area. He pointed out that the car is equipped with all the necessary medical equipment such as a medical ambulatory bag, oxygen and ventilators, blood pressure and diabetes devices, along with paramedics that are highly trained in handling cases of drowning.

The second vehicle is tailored to deal with controlling the spread of infectious diseases. The vehicle is equipped with sterilisation systems and devices for reducing microbes inside the car.

The car will be used to handle cases of infectious diseases such as SARS, Ebola, swine flu and other diseases, in order protect the paramedics and staff from infection.

He noted that the floor and systems of the car are different from traditional ambulances.

The vehicle has an air filtrating system which sterilises the air for 15 to 20 minutes.

Also, the paramedics in the vehicle are required to undertake precautionary measures such as wearing masks, gloves and special clothing to protect them from infection.

The third car, a sport utility vehicle, is only dedicated to desert areas. It is able to swiftly transport an injured resident from any part of the desert to a hospital.

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